Resistance Training to Build Brainpower as Well as Your Muscles

4 Jan

Resistance training exercise that causes muscles to contract, is meant to strength, but it may also help protect against cognitive decline. And you don’t need weights or equipment, says Joseph Northey, an exercise science researcher at the University of Canberra. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends resistance training at least twice per week. Here are three steps to get you started:

Stand up, sit down, repeat. As long as you are steady on your feet, try standing us from a chair without using your hands. Do this in sets of five or more anytime you find yourself sitting around the house.

Make daily tasks harder.  Choose stairs over elevators and escalators. You’ll get an aerobic workout and build muscle at the same time.

Join a class. Northey’s recent study found that group programs incorporating both resistance and aerobic training were beneficial for your brain.

Check out the offerings at your local YMCA or senior center for a class and remember to talk with your doctor before you start any new exercise program.

Source: Consumer Reports on Health September 2017

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